"The act of writing could amount to a kind of revenge. But empathy, instead, is McBee’s objective, the most important part of becoming real in one’s own eyes. ‘Being human,’ he concludes, ‘means being at the mercy of others.’ That’s a part of aspiration, too. We are born human; with hard work, we achieve humanity." Henry Giardina, New York Times
"McBee takes us in his capable hands and shows us what it takes to become a man who is gloriously, gloriously alive.”—Roxane Gay
Thomas Page McBee was the first trans man to ever box in Madison Square Garden. His Lambda award-winning memoir, MAN ALIVE: A TRUE STORY OF VIOLENCE, FORGIVENESS, AND BECOMING A MAN, was named a best book of 2014 by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly.
His new book, AMATEUR, is forthcoming from Scribner in August. He speaks about masculinity all over the country, and is a regular media commentator on gender issues. He lives in Brooklyn.